Japan Quake Appeal Raffle winner

Thank you for all your participation in my raffle for Japan Quake Appeal!

I used random.org to choose a random winner today and the winner is: Marga!

Congratulations, Marga! I will contact your email shortly.

Please continue your support for the quake and tsunami victims. Here’s a link to Save The Children: Japan Earthquake Tsunami Relief on GlobalGiving. Save the Children is providing disaster relief for children and families, including child-friendly spaces where kids can play and express their feelings about what they endured, under the supervision of caring, trained adults.

Japan Quake Appeal Auction: Jigoku (Hell)


We had three days weekend because of Spring Equinox holiday. Sidra wasn’t feeling well and we were still really not in the mood for going out too much, so we spent the weekend doing things at home.

My husband spent time by finishing his watercolor drawing for the raffle. It depicts a bunny in the process of standing up again after falling.


Not-so-nice-things do happen

This is his blurbs: “May the good karma flows abundantly to those who do, or at least try to do, nice things to others. I don’t even know what karma is. I just think that it is nice if nice things happen to nice people.

The amount of not-so-nice things can be overwhelming. But if I can just try to do one smallest thing that may be nice for others, and somebody can feel just a little bit nicer than before, that would be nice, I think.


He’s a bit weird, I guess. I think what he’s trying to say was that bad things do happen sometimes, but it is a part of life and the least we can do is trying to stand up again.

He also made another drawing, based on one of Sidra’s drawing. Sometime ago, my husband loved to make his interpretation of Sidra’s drawings. Sidra was only 5 years old at the time. As Sidra grew older, his drawings get more complicated and now my husband were inspired again to make an interpretation.

This is something that Sidra drew, the title is Jigoku, it means ‘hell’. I’m not really sure why Sidra picked this theme for his drawing. There are lots of scary monsters in the drawing, you can also see that the big hell monster has a person between its teeth. More detail shots in this post.

Jigoku (Hell)

Jigoku (Hell) by Sidra Putra. colored pencils and watercolor. 38x54 cm (15x21.2 in)

This is my husband’s version. When he finished drawing it, my husband felt that the picture has some kind of dark energy. Maybe it is his feeling of everything that has happened since the quake last week, his anxiety, fear, and worries.


Jigoku (Hell) by Mamad Purbo. watercolor and ink. 21x23 cm (8.2x9 in)

My husband and Sidra are going to auction their drawings together for Japan Quake Appeal. If you like to have both drawings, please go HERE to bid on them. Starting bid is $10 and the winner paid the bid directly to GlobalGiving. I will send it anywhere in the world in protective plastic sleeve rolled in a cardboard tube.



Getting back into track

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Most of the blackout schedule had been cancelled because people has helped by conserving the use of electricity. But we finally had our first blackout last week. We put on candles and Sidra played with the flashlight, making funny faces. Then we rolled out the monopoly board and had a game. Sidra only complained that he couldn’t see the rice when we ate dinner, but he concluded that ‘blackout is fun’, and started to ask when we will have blackout again (-_-;)

This week felt like the longest week in my life, something that was shared by many people here. Life is slowly coming back to ‘normal’, although the thought that everything can be gone in just a moment is still lingering in the back of our minds.

I didn’t do any sewing this whole week, and even got my guest post for Once Upon A Thread rescheduled to next week (thank you for the understanding, Katy!). The reason was I didn’t feel like doing anything, and the other was sort of guilty feeling to use electricity while it is needed in other areas. I also looked like a slob all day, dressed in track pants, T-shirt, and old cardigan, ready to run outside when the quake warning started. I looked in the mirror this morning, and noticed my wrinkly pants and uncombed hair. I didn’t like what I saw. This doesn’t do any good for anyone, so I promised myself to start getting back into track.

Pumila Men

Pumila Men's Jeans pattern

Something that get me excited is the Jeans Sew-along next month over at Male Pattern Boldness. I was feeling very brave and bought this men’s jeans pattern from Pumila, a Japanese online pattern shop -without me knowing any Japanese (Google translate to the rescue!). The pattern came without delay a few days ago. It was a nice feeling to see the delivery man standing outside my door, smiling while handing me the pattern package just like any other day before the quake. For some life has ceased to exist, but for the other life is still going on. And that’s what we can do now.

Thank you so much to everyone who has entered my raffle for Japan Quake Appeal! You can also donate directly, here’s one for save the children earthquake and tsunami relief. However, I need to ask you to please not leaving a comment in my raffle post if you don’t want to enter the raffle. Some people are confused on how to enter because many comments don’t have receipt number. It is also to make it easier to draw a random winner later. Hope you understand! m(_ _)m

Japan Quake Appeal Raffle

I only have a pair of little hands that can offer small things. But many little hands will make bigger things.

Here’s a raffle, in cooperation with A Bit of This and a Bit of That, where you can make a donation and win this package of prizes!

For Japan Quake Appeal


  • a tote bag made with canvas in black with red apples pattern. Fully lined with linen, the straps are orange cotton webbing.
  • a matching wristlet zipper pouch, also fully lined with linen.
  • Fudge #4 (April issue), my favorite Japanese fashion magazine, inside your tote bag!
  • a handmade fabric covered button necklace with antiqued patina ball chain.
  • a surprise original watercolor drawing by my husband.
For Japan Quake Appeal

For Japan Quake Appeal

For Japan Quake Appeal

How to enter:

  • Go to GlobalGiving* and make a donation. The amount is up to you!
  • For donation in $, go to this LINK. For donation in £, go to this LINK. For help with online donation process, you can refer to this post at A Bit of This and a Bit of That.
  • If you’re in US, you can also text JAPAN to 50555 to donate $10 (there is no receipt # for, please state in the comment that you’ve made the text donation).
  • Come back to this post and leave a comment with your receipt number. Make sure that you fill the email address (won’t be published) column properly so I can contact you if you win.
  • You may enter as many times as you like but each time you will need a new receipt number.
  • The raffle will be closed on Friday, March 25, 2011, at 9 am Tokyo Time (GMT+09), so please leave your comment before that time.
  • I will draw the winner randomly and contact the winner by email.

Check out A Bit of This and a Bit of That to find a list of bloggers all over the world who have joined this appeal. You can enter more auctions and raffles on other blogs, but please make separate donation for every raffle and auction.

*We are in no way affiliated with GlobalGiving, that’s just our chosen method of getting funds safely to the affected area.

EDIT: I need to ask you to please not leaving a comment if you don’t want to enter the raffle. Some people are confused on how to enter because many comments don’t have receipt number. It is also to make it easier to draw a random winner later. Hope you understand! m(_ _)m

The raffle is now closed. Thank you for all your donations!


Four days after the quake

Thank you so much for all your messages and comments! I’m sorry that I can’t reply to every messages so please accept our deepest gratitude!

We are still here in Tokyo. My husband hasn’t gone to the office because of limited train schedule but his job allow him to work from home. Stores are started to run out of food now because people are buying more than what they usually need. The sights of empty stores shelves, not to mention the dimmed light to save electricity, has caused more panic buying. This is bad for people in the disaster area where everyday food is scarce now.

I think the best thing to do now is to stay calm, not panic, and find the correct information before making any decision. The nuclear situation is worrying but so far everything is still safe here. My highest respect to the people who’ve been working hard at the nuclear reactor risking their own lives to keep the reactor cool. We will certainly leave when the situation become too risky to stay, but now is not the time yet.

Meanwhile, the disaster coverage has been running continuously on television, each time with new footage and stories from people who have had a close encounter with the disaster. People who have managed to escape, but lost their loved ones, their homes, their everything. I can’t imagine how that might feel.

But it is amazing to see people ‘s reaction towards the horrible event. We don’t see hysterical crying on television, although you can feel the unbearable sadness through their eyes and maintained words. News are delivered matter-of-factly, no gasps, no drama, and especially no dramatic music background. People turn to helping each other and everything is still kept in order.

My husband walked for 5-6 hours that night, but he didn’t have to worry about other things except walking. A lot of people were walking with him, no one was taking advantage of the other, no crime happened that night. No cars ran through red lights and no accidents. When the red lights for pedestrian turned on, everyone stopped walking and did some stretching. And when it turned green, they walked together again, in silence. You might think it is eerie, but that is what I call efficient. Don’t waste your breath talking or even crying because you need it to do more important thing.

Now that the disaster-stricken areas need electricity badly, the blackout schedule is started to roll this week. People cooperate by turning off unnecessary lights and limit using electrical devices. Stores are doing the same by turning off electrical doors, store signs, and background music. We try to do the same by staying in one room most of day, at night we only use one lamp in the room. The heater is off most of the day, after all we still have jackets to wear when it is too cold.

I looked out of my bedroom window last night and everything seems darker than usual. The spot where sign stores usually blinking were black. I don’t know, it is somehow beautiful that everyone is together in this, and everyone can participate in helping others even by only turning off the lights.

This is a strong and well-prepared country. And while I’m not a Japanese, I’m happy to be part of it right now. Ganbatte, Japan.

I’m joining the Japan Quake Appeal in cooperation with A Bit of This and A Bit of That, and will host a raffle for a bag of goodies. All you have to do is make a donation to GlobalGiving to enter the raffle. The raffle will be posted tomorrow after I take the pictures, so stay tuned. Please note that we are in no way affiliated with GlobalGiving, that’s just our chosen method of getting funds safely to the affected area.


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